We performed a comparison between ManageEngine Desktop Central and Microsoft Intune based on our users’ reviews in five categories. After reading all of the collected data, you can find our conclusion below.
Comparison Results: Based on the parameters we compared, ManageEngine Desktop Central seems to be the more favorable product. Its ease of deployment, its solid set of features, its affordable pricing, and its service and support all top Microsoft Intune’s offerings.
"ManageEngine Desktop Central is stable."
"Very good, functional solution for endpoint management."
"What I like best about this product is that I can log on to every PC, very easily, and chat with the user via the chat feature."
"The solution is time-saving and resource-saving."
"The stability is very good."
"All of Desktop Central's features are valuable, especially its simplicity."
"We can scale the product."
"The initial setup is pretty straightforward."
"Compliance and the policies that can be set are the most valuable features."
"The mobile application management, MAM, is the most useful aspect of the solution."
"The solution is easy to use and it has good performance."
"If you need only to load a specific profile and you don't have deep security functionalities, et cetera, Intune is very nice and good."
"This product works very well for companies already using the full Microsoft suite."
"The stability of Microsoft Intune is good."
"Stable product that's easy to set up compared to other MDM products."
"I believe that the solution is actually in Gartner's top quadrant at the moment for mobile device management."
"Improvement of the chats on the web communication through the WAN would be helpful."
"The MDM feature isn't very good. It doesn't support Amazon vendors."
"Desktop Central has very good information, however, you can't customize the dashboards."
"The pricing could be a bit better."
"I would like to see them come out with a SaaS version of the product in the future."
"The solution should be better at integrating with other solutions."
"The team I've currently got is not using it particularly well, due to the fact that they don't know how to use it particularly well. They've not done any training and so on."
"The OS deployment could be better."
"The initial setup is a little bit complex."
"There can be delays in the deployment of new policies."
"The most important thing is reporting. They should improve their reporting. They should give a free hand to users. In SCCM, I can create my own reports. For example, in SCCM, I can create an inventory report for my PC or for all PCs, but in Intune, we don't have an option to create any report. Microsoft claims that Intune is a successor of SCCM, but SCCM is more powerful than Intune. So, they should develop Intune more and make it equivalent to SCCM. Then, their product will be great in the market."
"No option to do end-to-en macOS management. Slow implementation of policies."
"In terms of what can be improved, I am looking for better enhancements regarding Apple management, not only on the mobile device, but also on the laptop."
"It doesn't economize when you scale up. We have over 14,000 employees, and we have between 7,500 and 8,000 city-owned or personal devices being used to conduct city business. Its price can be improved. It is not a cheap solution."
"In the past, I raised some tickets for the enhancement feature, which was missing in Intune."
"The configuration and pricing can be improved."
Endpoint Central (formerly Desktop Central) is a unified endpoint management and security solution that helps in managing servers, laptops, desktops, smartphones, and tablets from a central location. It's a modern take on desktop management that can be scaled as per organizational needs.
Endpoint Central augments a traditional desktop management service, offering more depth and customization. Automate regular endpoint management routines like installing patches, deploying software, imaging and deploying OS. In addition, it also lets you manage assets & software licenses, monitor software usage statistics, manage USB device usage, take control of remote desktops, and more. As a desktop manager, Endpoint Central supports Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems. Manage your mobile devices to deploy profiles and policies, configure devices for Wifi, VPN, email accounts, etc. Apply restrictions on application installs, camera usage, browser and secure your devices by enabling passcode, remote lock/wipe, etc. Manage all your iOS, Android and Windows smartphones and tablets from a single console.
Microsoft Intune is a comprehensive cloud-based service that allows you to remotely manage mobile devices and mobile applications without worrying about the security of your organization’s data. Device and app management can be used on company-owned devices as well as personal devices.
In an increasingly mobile workforce, Microsoft Intune keeps your sensitive data safe while on the move. Microsoft Intune makes it possible for your team members to work anywhere using their mobile devices. Microsoft Intune provides both the flexibility and the control needed for securing all your data on the cloud, no matter where the device with the data is located.
Microsoft Intune Device Management Key Features
With Microsoft Intune Device Management you can:
Mobile Application Management
Mobile application management in Intune is designed to protect your organization’s data at the application level.
With Microsoft Intune Application Management you can:
As part of Microsoft's Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) suite, Intune integrates with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) for access control and with Azure Information Protection for data protection. It also integrates with Microsoft 365 Applications.
Reviews from Real Users
Microsoft Intune stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Two major ones are its ability to secure all devices under its management and the flexibility that the solution offers its users.
A computing services manager notes, "Its security is most valuable. It gives us a way to secure devices, not only those that are steady. We do have a few tablets and other devices, and it is a way for us to secure these devices and manage them. We know they're out there and what's their status. We can manage their life cycle and verify that they're updated properly."
The head of IT engineering at a financial services company writes, "The one feature we find most useful is the Mobile Application Manager. There are two types: we have the complete MDM and the Mobile Application Manager (MAM). We don't give our users phones, it is their own personal phone, and we need to allow them to have access to the company details on their phone. We need to create a balance between their own personal data and the company data. We deploy the Mobile Application Manager for them so that we won't be able to interfere with their own personal data."
ManageEngine Endpoint Central is ranked 4th in Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) with 25 reviews while Microsoft Intune is ranked 1st in Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) with 70 reviews. ManageEngine Endpoint Central is rated 8.0, while Microsoft Intune is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of ManageEngine Endpoint Central writes "Useful for patching and software deployment, but needs a proactive remediation feature ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft Intune writes "Enables you to use MDM to lock devices and push restrictions, but isn't as stable as other solutions". ManageEngine Endpoint Central is most compared with Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager, VMware Workspace ONE, ManageEngine Patch Manager Plus, Jamf Pro and Symantec Client Management Suite, whereas Microsoft Intune is most compared with VMware Workspace ONE, Jamf Pro, Google Cloud Identity, IBM MaaS360 and SOTI MobiControl. See our ManageEngine Endpoint Central vs. Microsoft Intune report.
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